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Introduction to Ashtanga Led Half Primary with Denise Krell

Ahimsa Yoga Studio La Grange
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Intermediate and Advanced Asana Level Students (Parts 1 & 2)
And Those with an Established Mysore Practice (Part 2)
Two Consecutive Saturdays:
Week one is two hours
Week two is 90 minutes

The Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga is the first of the six series of the Ashtanga Mysore. This first series is Yoga Chikitsa or yoga therapy. It purifies and heals the body.

For those new to the Ashtanga Mysore, the class is a demanding element of the Ashtanga Mysore method. The teacher calls out the postures in a rhythm. The rhythm does two things. It aids students in steadying their breathing while doing the postures, and it synchronizes the breath with the vinyasas or movements between the postures.

In Part 1, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of the Tristana method, a fundamental component of the Ashtanga practice. Then they will move through Sun Salutations A and B, Standing Postures, Seated Postures to Marichasana B and the Short Closing Sequence.

The teacher will take extra time to introduce posture modifications and prepare students for the second week's class - a more vigorous Ashtanga Half Primary Class.

Students with an established Ashtanga practice may participate in Part 2 without taking Part 1. Part 2 will be a 90-minute practice.

Fee: $40/Members: $30 ($20 and $15 per class)
Members are students enrolled in Ahimsa's monthly autopay membership.

About Denise Krell:
Authorized Level 1
200 and 500 Hour Certified

Although Denise studied with various renowned teachers and experimented with many kinds of authentic and Western yoga styles including Iyangar, Restorative, Vinyasa, Tantric, Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, Prenatal, Senior, Viniyoga, and Dharma Mittra style, some of which she once taught, it was in 2010 that she took her first Ashtanga Mysore class. That was her true beginning. Ashtanga ignited something deep within her. She began to seek the authentic source of the practice, thus traveled to Mysore, India and became a permanent student of Parampara Guru Sharath-Ji Jois, the world authority of Ashtanga. In January 2018, Sharath-Ji gave Denise his blessing to begin teaching. She consequently embarked on building a community of Ashtangis in the Chicago Southwest suburbs.

With continuous practice Ashtanga becomes a lifestyle, a journey towards self-evaluation, a philosophical exploration of good versus evil, and a commitment of always striving to keep true to the Ashtanga method. Denise believes Ashtanga Mysore yoga is for everyone, but as people, we always tend towards laziness. It takes determination, dedication, discipline, devotion to this practice and often a community of similar minded individuals as well. With these, the change will come.